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Publisher's Summary

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet", it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society - from van Gogh's sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet Power shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the listener on a journey from Dale Carnegie's birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the extrovert ideal in the 20th century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.

Perhaps most inspiring, she introduces us to successful introverts - from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps in to the power of questions. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a "pretend extrovert".

This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.

©2016 Susan Cain, Gregory Mone, Erica Moroz (P)2016 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

People Top 10 Book of 2012

O, The Oprah Magazine 10 Favorite Books of 2012

Christian Science Monitor Best Books of 2012

"An important book that should embolden anyone who's ever been told, 'Speak up!'" (People)
"Cain offers a wealth of useful advice for teachers and parents of introverts...Quiet should interest anyone who cares about how people think, work, and get along, or wonders why the guy in the next cubicle acts that way. It should be required reading for introverts (or their parents) who could use a boost to their self-esteem." (Fortune.com)

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THIS BOOK IS FOR TEENS

Susan Cain remains one of the single best authorities on introverts, but the publisher's description omits a critical piece of information: this book is written for teenagers. If you're one of those extroverted parents who doesn't get why their quiet kid is the way they are, you should read it too. For everyone else, pick up Susan's first book, Quiet, which has a lot more in it for grownups.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Axxul
  • Burning hot AZ
  • 08-24-16

Thank you! Now I get it!

Bought book to help my quiet 7 year old and realized this book will help me too. I grew up hearing "speak louder" "is she mute?". As I got older I pretended to be an extrovert to feel like I was "better" and I was trying to make my quiet boy more extrovert so he wouldn't struggle like I did, now I realize there is nothing"wrong " with us.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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It worked for me and will work for my daughter

I'm one of those very introverted who grew up in a big, festive and noisy family where extroversion was rewarded. It was not fun.
Now, my daughter is even more introverted than me.
This marvelous book helped me understand that there was nothing wrong with me, and will help my daughter realize how great is the way she is and how much potential she has.

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awesome!!!!

i needed this book in school so badly. i now i know why i feel this way. great narration and the content incredible. thank you Susan Cain thank you so much.

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Amazing

loved every bit of this book. It hit home on every level. # Quiet Power.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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understanding the mind of an introvert

loved it! it helped me to understand the mind and behavior of an introvert. great!

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  • Tom
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  • 01-11-17

Dibs on stall two rejuvenation station

If you are a parent, grandparent, custodian or teacher with an introvert in your midst, find 6 hours to read this book and save you and your loved ones much angst; embrace the quiet ... softly. ~33% of the population are introverts, we are impacted more acutely by inputs and charge up via different means. Help your introvert master their superpowers. Fully engaged, INFP

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This book is for kids!

I didn't read the small print, so be sure you do... and this book seems pretty simplistic to me. It may work better for kids, but probably not. I think that most of the good stuff can be found in the first chapter or two. It was hard to wait through the last half for me.

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very insightful

very insightful and we'll written. wish I would have read this when I was younger, it would have been a great help

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Parents and kids should read this!

I'd recommend this book to parents of teens and the teens themselves. I didn't know I was a introvert when I was a kid and I think it would have been good to know!

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